[PW] Stumped my local library ...

brian whatcott betwys1 at sbcglobal.net
Fri Mar 25 07:19:43 PDT 2016


The epitome of research librarian prowess:
the requisite response from an authoritative source, depicted graphically,
with on-line access - Bravo! Kelley Hunt.

Brian W

On 3/24/2016 4:36 PM, Hunt, Kelley wrote:
> Here is a map
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> http://wals.info/feature/38A#2/25.5/148.4
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> From:   "Peter Zilahy Ingerman, PhD" <pzi at ingerman.org>
> To:     "list at project-wombat.org" <list at project-wombat.org>
> Date:   03/24/2016 04:54 PM
> Subject:        [PW] Stumped my local library ...
> Sent by:        "Project-wombat"
> <project-wombat-bounces at lists.project-wombat.org>
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> (This is for me personally ... no urgency whatsoever, but perhaps someone will know?)
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> German, Spanish, French (e.g.) all have both definite and indefinite articles.
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> In each of them, the indefinite article is also the word for "one".
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> English, however, has a word for "one" that is distinct from the indefinite article.
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> Are there any other languages (not necessarily Indo-European) that have indefinite articles that are distinct from the word for "one"?
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> Peter
> (a lurker for a long time!)



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